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Sunday, October 20, 2019

I’d say A+’: KU offense prolific in Brent Dearmon’s OC debut

Kansas' Takulve Williams (16) celebrates his touchdown as Texas' Anthony Cook (4) and Kansas' Daylon Charlot (2) look on during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Kansas' Takulve Williams (16) celebrates his touchdown as Texas' Anthony Cook (4) and Kansas' Daylon Charlot (2) look on during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Austin, Texas — The Kansas football team lost on the last play of the game in offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon’s sideline debut Saturday at No. 15 Texas.

Even so, the offensive output fortified the Jayhawks’ conviction that the midseason switch to Dearmon will make a significant difference moving forward.

How would junior receiver Andrew Parchment grade their showing, after KU produced a season-high 569 total yards and averaged 6.6 yards per play?

“The offense, I feel like we played a hell of a game,” Parchment said. “I’d say A-plus to me, 100%. It sucks we couldn’t get the win. Wish there was more time on the clock.”

Playing under Dearmon for the first time this season, KU senior quarterback Carter Stanley thrived much of the night in defeat. Stanley set new season-highs with 27 completions, 47 attempts, 310 yards and four touchdowns, and also went without an interception for a third straight game.

Not afraid to tuck the ball and take off — or lower his shoulder and truck a defender — Stanley rushed for a career-high 65 yards on nine carries, as well, and was only sacked once.

What’s more, Dearmon’s play-calling and the Jayhawks’ execution maximized running back Pooka Williams Jr.’s abilities against a banged-up UT defense.

In the first five games of the season, when Williams often was asked to run the ball inside, his season-long rush was 36 yards. With Dearmon’s emphasis on getting his star sophomore running back the ball on the edge, Williams delivered a new season-best run in the first quarter at UT when he took off for 65 yards.

Williams finished the game with a new season-high for rushing yards (190), as well as a new career high mark for carries (25), as KU was able to run 86 offensive plays and only punted there times.

The Jayhawks (2-5 overall, 0-4 Big 12) hadn’t topped 500 yards in a game since their convincing win at Boston College in Week 3, when they first embraced a game plan that spread the field. KU was held below 400 yards in four of its first six games, before head coach Les Miles fired offensive Les Koenning during the October bye week.

So was this type of offensive show what he expected with Dearmon coaching the offense?

“Yeah, yeah,” Miles said after the narrow loss Saturday night. “We have really good coaches. I got guys that are fighting like hell to be a part of what we're doing here, and Dearmon is one of them. There's just a bunch of real quality people and the backdrop of that program is just doing a great job for us. You think that the people that leave the stadium will know Kansas? I think they will know that phrase. Kansas. It seems a little bit more now to me. Kansas.”

KU offensive yardage this season

• vs. Indiana State: 103 rushing, 241 passing, 344 total

• vs. Coastal Carolina: 173 rushing, 107 passing, 280 total

• at Boston College: 329 rushing, 238 passing, 567 total

• vs. West Virginia: 142 rushing, 275 passing, 417 total

• at TCU: 75 rushing, 84 passing, 159 total

• vs. Oklahoma: 130 rushing, 230 passing, 360 total

• at Texas: 259 rushing, 310 passing, 569 total

Crazy 4th quarter

The Jayhawks and No. 15 Longhorns played a comparatively mundane first three quarters before venturing into the all points, all the time fourth.

According to Elias Sports, the wild final 15 minutes, during which KU and UT combined for 50 points, marked just the fourth time since NCAA classification in 1937 that two teams both scored at least 24 points in a fourth quarter. Per Elias, it was the first time that happened between two current Power Five program.

Texas, which was in the midst of a scoring drive when the third quarter concluded and the game was tied at 24, edged KU 26-24 in the fourth. Texas also outgained the Jayhawks 246 yards to 187 in the final quarter, when UT converted four of its five third downs and KU’s offense went 2-for-6 on third downs.

On five fourth quarter possessions Kansas punted once, scored three touchdowns and kicked a field goal.

UT, meanwhile, on its six possessions that ended in the fourth, also produced three TDs and a field goal. The Longhorns’ boost came when Malcolm Roach blocked a Liam Jones extra point and D’Shawn Jamison returned it for 2 points with 10:06 left.

Postseason in play?

Only five games remain on KU’s schedule now. But some Jayhawks remain optimistic they can add another one to the 2019 slate.

After a 50-48 loss that players deemed encouraging, senior cornerback Hasan Defense explained what he thought the performance meant for KU.

“This just gives us the confidence to let us know we can compete with one of the better teams in the nation,” Defense told the Journal-World. “We’re just going to continue to fight. We have four games to win to try to get to a bowl game, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

To achieve six victories and bowl eligibility, the Jayhawks would need to either win out of go 4-1.

KU’s remaining opponents include home matchups with Texas Tech, Kansas State and Baylor and trips to Oklahoma State and Iowa State.

Rare lead in Austin

KU nearly delivered the program’s first ever win at Texas before the Longhorns improved to 9-0 all-time in Austin versus the Jayhawks.

But the underdog visitors at least took a lead at UT for a change. When Stanley found Takulve Williams for a TD and the receiver’s first catch of the season with 8:38 left in the first half, it marked KU’s first advantage on the scoreboard at Texas since 1997. It was KU’s eighth trip to Austin since 1997.

Comments

Dirk Medema 1 month ago

Oh to be able to play CC & WVU again. 2-3 is so much more feasible.

The good news is that they should be hungry.

Dane Pratt 1 month ago

My thoughts exactly. We've lost three games by a combined 12 points.

Michael Maris 1 month ago

Hopefully, this is how the offense performs the remainder of the season. And, Ashaad Clayton took note of the Kansas @ Texas game (and future games). Imagine the possibilities for him to team up with Pooka Williams are (in this style of offense).

Andy Godwin 1 month ago

Until all three phase of a football team can contribute at a high level, offense (A), defense (D), and special teams (F), KU will not starting winning these types of games. The offense almost pulled it out (kudos), but one must also remember that Texas had the worst defense in the Big 12 going into the game, so I will not expect KU will continue scoring 48 points/game going forward. On the other side of the ball, KU’s defense got two huge turnovers in the 4th quarter, but unfortunately failed to stop the long drives by Texas’ potent offense. Players need to make plays and the defense came up one play short in the last minute or so of the contest. However, much of the blame come via the not so “special” teams. The special teams were an absolute disaster (does Miles have a top notch analyst he can promote to special teams coordinator). How in the world does the place kicker kick the ball out of bounds on three separate kickoffs? Completely agree with the comments of former LJW sports reporter, Jesse Newell.

“KU might have won that game had it simply executed an extra point. Instead, a huge momentum-shifting play was when Texas’ David Gbenda came through the middle to block a PAT, with teammate D’Shawn Jamison scooping it and returning it 98 yards for two points to turn a potentially tie game into a 33-30 Texas lead in the fourth quarter.

KU had another field goal blocked, and Liam Jones also had three separate kickoffs sail out of bounds. The Jayhawks’ special teams has been on a downward spiral for three weeks now, and that was especially unfortunate Saturday, as the unit likely kept KU from a monumental upset over Texas.”

Brian Hosfelt 1 month ago

well OU only scored 34 against Texas the week before so worst D or not, Ku offense played great!

Dale Rogers 1 month ago

For those who could not watch the game, it is available in entirety on youtube, for free, at this address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnnXH...

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